Pesticide concentrations in vacuum dust from farm homes: variation between planting and nonplanting seasons.
Golla-V; Curwin-B; Sanderson-W; Nishioka-M
ISRN Public Health 2012 Jan; 2012:539397
The hazards of chronic low-level pesticide exposures inside homes have received little attention. Research to date does not provide answers regarding the long-term potential bioavailability of pesticides in homes and its risk factors. The purpose of this study was to investigate pesticide levels in Iowa homes during one year and assess the relationship between exposure levels and potential sources of pesticide contamination. The study involved sampling surveys of the target pesticide atrazine among 32 farm families in a three-county area of Iowa during the planting season (April-June) and nonplanting season (November-December). Dust samples were collected, and information gathered through questionnaires to evaluate pesticide migration inside homes. This study found that dust in every farm home surveyed was contaminated with atrazine during both seasons and these concentrations significantly decreased by the nonplanting season. Pesticide amounts, acreage, and spraying time determined the presence and persistence of this herbicide inside farm homes.
Pesticides; Risk-factors; Age-groups; Children; Humans; Men; Women; Dust-exposure; Dust-particles; Dusts; Particulate-dust; Particulates; Pollutants; Pollution; Plants; Plant-dusts; Questionnaires; Farmers; Families
Vijay Golla, Department of Public Health, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY 42101
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing
International Scholarly Research Network Public Health
The University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa